Connecting the Subject to the Background
To get color into a watercolor, you add it in the first layer. Part of the goal is to get the viewers eye to flow between the subject and the background creating eye movement. See how the color flows around the contrasting white shapes.
The white shapes were colored first, then the medium values of the background and horses were added. They are brighter than the finished painting. This is the time to add bright colors. Once they are dull, it’s tough to brighten them up. Colors of the same value connect, like the main horse and the background. Value is the lightness or darkness of a color. The changing colors in the medium values add interest to the painting.
Next in Line is available as a giclée reproduction.
Coachella Valley Watercolor Society 2023 Annual Member’s Art Show & Sale
Opening February 9th, 5:00-7:00 p.m. | Show is also open February 10-12, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
FREE ADMISSION with Daily Artists Demos 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.